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City Sport Summit

Plymouth City Sport Summit

Thursday 19th February 2015, 08:45 - 17:00

University of St Mark & St John


Why does Plymouth need a City Sport Summit?

The Plymouth City Sport Summit will provide the launch pad for a new Plymouth City Sport Strategy. The City Sport Strategy is intended to lever the full power and potential of sport and physical activity as major drivers of economic growth, public health and social and cultural inclusion. The strategy will focus on increasing participation in club, school and community-based sport and physical activity together with improving performance in elite sport and enhancing opportunities for the enjoyment of sport as a spectator and supporter.

The Summit is hosted by the University of St Mark & St John in partnership with Plymouth Sports Board and Plymouth City Council. Plymouth Sports Board was established in 2013 to act as the Strategic Lead and Policy Group for Sport in the City. The Summit will provide a framework for the development and delivery of a new Plymouth City Sport Strategy designed to address both the strategic objectives of the City Council and the key issues for sport and physical activity participation, health and wellbeing, economic growth, facilities and performance identified by the Plymouth Sports Board.

Following the Summit Plymouth Sports Board will lead the development and delivery of a City Sport Strategy in partnership with the full range of city stakeholders.

What is the City Sport Summit?

The Summit is designed to tackle the full range of issues that limit sport and physical activity participation and performance across the City. These issues will be addressed by keynote speakers in plenary sessions and through discussion, debate and showcases of the power and potential of sport and physical activity in Plymouth. Particular emphasis will be given to learning from the experience of other UK cities and from sharing knowledge and aspirations from Plymouth-based sport policy-makers, providers, participants and performers.

The programme has three plenary sessions with two speakers in each. There will be a question and answer session following each pair of keynote presentations. Keynote speakers all have international or national profiles for their work in developing sport and physical activity policy and have been selected to address:

  • Sport and Economic Growth
  • Sport Participation, Health and Wellbeing
  • Sport Performance

The Summit will then break into three parallel sessions with each session addressing one of the themes above. The parallel session discussions will be introduced by a panel of two or three speakers who will each give a five-minute overview of the key issues before the discussion is opened fully for delegate participation. Ideas and initiatives from the parallel sessions will be reported in a closing plenary and will contribute towards the development of the new City Sport Strategy.

Before the Summit

We kindly ask that all invitees propose up to five ‘Challenges’ related to the Sport Topic Key Issues included in the table below by 6th February 2015. These ‘Challenges’ will be distributed to speakers to address in their presentations and discussions.

To RSVP and to submit your ‘Challenges’ please email Amy Cooper, Events Officer at the University of St Mark & St John at by 6th February 2015.

In partnership with Plymouth City Council and Plymouth Sports Board this one day summit will be chaired by the University of St Mark & St John’s Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive, Professor Cara Aitchison.

Please join us at the Plymouth City Sport Summit to make a difference through sport.

What are the key issues that the Plymouth City Sport Summit and Strategy need to address?


What are the key issues that the Plymouth City Sport Summit and Strategy need to address?

PARTICIPATION (Health and Wellbeing)

Low sports participation levels of under-represented groups and areas of the city

Lack of focused investment into sport and physical activity for health outcomes

Lack of accessible and affordable opportunities for people new to sport

Local awareness of existing sport opportunities

Inequality of access to local sports facilities or activities

Lack of young people engaging with community clubs

Insufficient workforce (coaches/ officials) to meet needs of the growing community sport sector

ECONOMY (Growth)

Need to link with Growth Board and Culture Board

Need to link with tourism as sport tourism a key sector for inward investment

FACILITIES (Performance)

Need to develop sports facilities and playing pitches in a pragmatic, staged way

Lack of playable grass pitches during the season due to bad weather